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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > AFACT Keeps Fighting iiNet on Piracy

AFACT Keeps Fighting iiNet on Piracy

AFACT Keeps Fighting iiNet on Piracy

Added: Thursday, May 20th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) is intended to continuer fighting Australian ISP iiNet after losing the initial court battle when it tried to hold iiNet liable for its users' copyright infringement. The Federation started the action in 2008, in collaboration with over thirty content providers the list of which included movie houses. Part of the accusations was dropped along the way, like the claim of iiNet directly violating copyright legislation based on the fact that an ISP refused to disconnect users downloading pirated films.


In this past February iiNet was handed a legal win by Justice Dennis Cowdroy, a Federal Court judge. The decision could have a great impact, because in case of AFACT winning, the consequences of such ruling could finally lead to "three-strike" legislation which requires service providers to cut the repeat infringers off the Internet. Fortunately, this case together with the interstate push to the similar legislation via ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) seemed to have failed.

By the way, had the Federal Court issued the opposite decision, this could have strengthened the Senator’s position in the mandatory filtering. With the ISPs being under pressure in terms of file-sharing, Senator Conroy could have pushed the Internet Service Providers to unwillingly support the obligatory filtering and blocking file-sharers by threatening ISPs with developing lawsuits on the issue of illegal file-sharing.

AFACT remained unsatisfied with the ruling of the Federal Court back in February and decided to appeal. Now it is getting ready for another shot at iiNet. The hearing will start on August 2 at the Federal Court with three-judge panel presiding over it. The panel will consist of Justices Nicholas, Jagot and Emmett. Actually, iiNet will most likely come out in a stronger position than before, because the ISP appeals to overturn some aspects mentioned in the initial case which Justice Cowdroy didn’t find in its favor.

The iiNet’s CEO Michael Malone is sure the next hearing will only strengthen the Court’s earlier judgment and clear the ISP of copyright violations. He believes that more legal actions can’t be a solution as they are not able to stop piracy, even in case of success. Nevertheless, Malone expresses readiness to keep working with entertainment industry to develop.

May 20th, 2010

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Date:  Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Comments (1) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-05-22 04:52:14)
SkYnEtCeNtRaL avatarnever give up....
Thank's for the info/update :-)

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